By Ahmet Abdulaziz ….
CyprusScene is following Abdulhalim Akçay, who is continuing his long cycling tour of Turkey. He plans to visit 81 provinces and 800 districts in a period of 2 years. Here is his diary for the period from 6th – 13th April 2019.
129th day (06/04/2019)
So far he has completed about 4890 kilometres, which indeed is a big achievement. It was his second day in ORTACA. He met a lot of people , including Tarkan and Zahra who represented a bicycle club, and had migrated from Istanbul.
130th day (07/04/2019)
The weather had changed. The sun, the sea, everywhere spring was evident. There was an overall wonderful atmosphere and environment in ORTACA.
He went on a tour of the ancient city of Kaunos, which was about 20 kilometres from there. It was wonderful to have a look at the whole area from the top of this ancient city. He took a lot of photographs.
There were many tourists there. He had a nice time looking around with them.
131st day (08/04/2019)
He went to the IZTUZU beach near ORTACA along with his new cycle loving friend. He spent most of the time strolling around and taking photographs.
132nd day (09/04/2019)
The weather had changed again and it rained most of the day, so he put off his plan to leave the area. He was staying at the Hurpedal Nature and Sports Society.
However he took time to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. He went to see the ancient graves in the hilly area.
133rd day (10/04/2019)
Once again rain forced him to extend his stay in Ortaca. He spent most of the day inside the building where he was staying. He had started feeling uneasy, as he wanted to go out and re-start his adventure, but the weather was too bad. Just another day at Ortaca had ended.
134th day (11/04/2019)
He left Ortaca early morning after having a nice breakfast with Mr. Tarkan and his wife Zehra. He moved ahead for DALAMAN. He passed through a couple of small villages on his way. He met students of a primary school in SARSALA village, where they showed great interest in his adventure. He wanted to take some photographs, but the teachers there would not allow him to take photographs.
135th day (12/04/2019)
He had reached GÖCEK in the Dalaman area. However on his way he lost much time after he went in the wrong direction. He had lost his way. He returned back to his planned route after much difficulty.
He met a few Russian tourists.
He met Mr. Rüştü, who also loved cycling. He spent a good time with him. He pitched his tent for his night’s stay in an open space nearby.
So far he has completed cycling for 5,000 kilometres.
136th day (13/04/2019)
He has completed about 5050 kilometres since 28th November when he started off from Istanbul. Over this period of time he has gained a lot of experience.
It was a tiring day, due to terrific weather conditions.
He spent his day travelling around Göcek, Inlice, Fethiye. It was his second day in the area. He was still staying in his tent pitched near to the home of Mr. Rüştü. The terrible weather had started to make him upset. He wanted to carry on, but it was too difficult, so he decided to stay for one more day, or until there was a change in the weather.